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Portfolio Strategy for a (Likely) More Challenging Year

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In investing, it’s common for good years to follow good years, and great years often follow average or poor ones. But historically great years like what we’ve just enjoyed at Conrad’s Utility Investor rarely if ever come back to back.

Picks and Pans for 2020

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

Last year, Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLU) returned almost 26 percent. The iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSE: DVY), preferred by many advisors to holding individual stocks, did nearly as well at 22.6 percent.

Where Last Year’s Dividend Cutters Stand Now

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

16 Utility Report Card companies reduced their dividends in calendar year 2019. That compares to 128 raising payouts, 23 that held them level and 27 that currently pay no dividend.

Edison International: High Quality at a Discount

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In February 2018, I recommended Edison International (NYSE: EIX) as a new Aggressive Holding. Shares had taken just a big hit on concern the company would be held liable for billions in 2017 wildfire damages under the state’s “inverse condemnation” law.

Vistra Energy: Power Play at a Bargain Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

When Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) emerged from the TXU bankruptcy in late 2016, we weren’t optimistic. Wholesale electricity prices were in a multi-year slide, and the economics of the company’s coal heavy assets were eroding even faster.

National Fuel Gas: Integrated Model Weathers Cheap Gas

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

Competition from “associated” natural gas in Texas and scarce takeaway capacity are weighing on the price of natural gas produced in Appalachia. That’s triggered a meltdown of regional producers in 2019, including a 50 percent plus decline in the largest, EQT Resources (NYSE: EQT).

South Jersey Industries: Regulated Franchise at a Reasonable Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

After a decade as the primary focus of utility M&A, regulated assets don’t come cheap. But when a high flyer drops back to a good entry point, we jump. And that’s now the case for natural gas distributor South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI).

Seeking Loaded Laggards

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

Only four of the 21 current Conservative Holdings trade below our maximum recommended entry point. That’s counting new addition and this month’s conservative focus stock South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI).

No Cuts this Time, but Two Companies Join the List

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

It’s survival of the fittest in the communications sector. And as rising competition, surging capital spending and tough regulation shrink free cash flow, the wave of dividend cuts is hitting all but the largest and strongest players.

Betting Wisely on Electricity’s Future

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

Cheap to mine, easy to burn and abundant almost everywhere: It’s easy to see why coal became the primary fuel for a century plus of global electrification. In fact, up until very recently, demand growth was actually accelerating. 



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